JICA hands over school building after reconstruction
Kathmandu, December 19
The newly reconstructed buildings comprising three new blocks with six classrooms, laboratory, ECD, library, lavatories along with other required facilities of Path Pradarshak Secondary School situated in Badikhel, Lalitpur were handed over to the school management today.
Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Jun Sakuma and Education Secretary Madhu Prasad Regmi jointly inaugurated the school infrastructure amidst a function held on the school premises.
The construction of the buildings which began in June 2016 is built under the Emergency School Reconstruction Project, according to a press release by JICA Nepal.
The Project is being implemented by Central Level Project Implementation Unit of Ministry of Education under Japanese ODA loan assistance.
The school was severely damaged during the earthquake in 2015. Since then the school faced difficulties in managing classrooms and education for the students. The secondary school was established back in 1963 and now has 474 students altogether.
The new buildings are constructed with multi-hazard resilient structures which are environment, child, gender and disabled-friendly and is expected to provide improved learning environment.
Speaking at the event Secretary Regmi said although the school infrastructure is now complete but the real test is to conduct regular schooling, improve the quality of education and increase the number of students in the community school.
Similarly, Sakuma said development of education sector in Nepal is one of the primary motives of JICA and completion of this building is a positive sign for various ongoing school reconstruction endeavours of JICA Nepal.
Under the Emergency School Reconstruction Project, approximately 300 schools are being built at a total cost of about Rs 12.7 billion to support the reconstruction of disaster resilient schools in as many as six districts of Nepal.